Titan Times Newsletter

Springwater Trail High School - October 2018

Principal's Message

Hello Springwater Community,

October is here and we are wrapping up our first 6-week grading period this week. And it is a unique week: no late start this Wednesday due to the PSATs and there is no school on Thursday or Friday October 11th and 12th.


Our 6-week grading periods are the perfect time to check in with your student about their academic progress. For students who are failing courses, we will reach out to parents to problem-solve and create a plan to get academically back on track.


New this year: Progress reports are no longer mailed out. You can access your student’s progress report through StudentVue/ParentVue. If you’d like a paper copy, please contact the office and we will mail it to you (or you can swing by the office to pick it up). For more information, including a link to ParentVue, see “Report Cards Online” in this issue of Titan Times.


Student Course Progress Guide is here: We have finalized a quick reference guide that aims to answer the critically important (but often confusing) question: Where and how do I find information about my student’s academic progress? The addition of Google Classroom over the past several years has been a wonderful tool for teachers, students, and parents. However, it has also created confusion, at times, when students and parents try and locate student academic progress information. For example, when should a parent look in Synergy ParentVue/StudentVue and when is it best to look in Google Classroom? The guide will help point parents and students in the right direction so they can efficiently and accurately stay on top of their student’s grades and assignments. We will be discussing and referencing this document at November conferences but we wanted to share it out with you as soon as it was ready to go. Feel free to use it or disregard it. If you have questions about it, please feel free to email or call the main office. The link to the guide and additional information can be found within this issue of Titan Times.


Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your student’s teachers, the main office, or me by phone or email if you have questions or concerns. We are here to support you and your student.


Sincerely,


Ryan Blaszak

Springwater Main Office: 503.261.4600

Financial Aid Night

On Thursday, Oct 11th at 6:30pm we are having a Financial Aid night at Springwater Trail High School. We will be in the computer lab answering questions and helping you fill out your student's FAFSA. FAFSA stands for "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" and is a critical step to ensuring your student has access to all the government aid (grants, work study money, and loans) available for post-secondary education.


In order to be fully ready for this evening, your seniors will be asking you for their social security number so they can complete the FSA ID #, which needs to be completed prior to completing the FAFSA. The FSA ID # is an electronic signature verifying the student's name matches the submitted social security number. We also ask that you bring your 2017 taxes for easier filing.


If you are a parent of a middle college senior, I will be sending you an additional email, explaining the step you need to take to be ready for Thursday.


We want to provide you with the all the support you need to complete your FAFSA. If you have questions or concerns, please email Linda Centurion at centurion@gresham.k12.or.us or call 503-261-4611.

Attention Senior Parents

Please click on the file below to view the Senior calendar. There are lots of important dates/deadlines that you will NOT want to miss!

Senior Parents Needed

Senior Parties are a wonderful, memorable way to celebrate students' graduation from high school. These events are organized by senior parents. Springwater has NEVER had a Senior Party for our graduates. This year we have a senior parent, Heidi Gatlin, who is interested in putting one together. BUT SHE NEEDS YOUR HELP!! If you are interested in helping, please contact Heidi at heidi.gatlin@gmail.com

For Parents

Mediocrity and risky behavior may have become more the norm for today's adolescent, but there are things parents can do to nurture their children’s commitment to a positive life path.

Academic Support Mondays, Tuesday, and Wednesdays

Additional academic support is available at Springwater Trail High School, on Mondays and Tuesdays from 2:30pm-3:30pm. This additional time will allow students to utilize school resources such as the library and student computers for homework, studying, reading, etc.

Transportation home at 3:30 is available on Mondays but students MUST sign up in the office prior to noon on Mondays to receive a ride home.

Students will need to have their own transportation home on Tuesdays.


Wednesday school is also available every week and we encourage students to utilize this time to meet with their teachers, retake quizzes, and get homework help. Transportation home at 3:30 is available but students MUST sign up in the office prior to noon on Wednesdays to receive a ride home. If you have questions regarding after school support, please call the office at 503.261.4600.

Fall Festival - October 26th

On Friday October 26th from 5:30-8:30pm we will be having our Fall Festival. This is a fun event that includes a bon fire, pumpkin carving, music, and food! Tickets can be purchased for $5 in the main office.

Immunization Report

The State of Oregon now requires schools to notify parents of their immunization exemption rates for each required vaccine. These rates will now be posted on our school’s website, in our school office and sent home to parents twice a year. The rates attached are the exemption rates as of last spring. Schools are required to publish this information twice each school year. Approximately the second week of March we will post the updated rates. These new rates are collected and tallied in mid February.

*See link to report below

STHS Student Course Progress Guide

Student Course Progress Guide is here: As mentioned above, we have finalized a quick reference guide that aims to answer the critically important (but often confusing) question: Where and how do I find information about my student’s academic progress? For example, when should a parent look in Synergy ParentVue/StudentVue and when is it best to look in Google Classroom? The guide below will help point you in the right direction so you can efficiently and accurately stay on top of grades and assignments. The guide also includes links to all course syllabi.

Beginning of the Year District Communication-Secondary Health Education

Please take some time to review the document below regarding Secondary Health Education.

October Student Spotlight

Looking Back at Our Graduates